(WASHINGTON) -- State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters at a press briefing Monday that Libya has informed the United States that Ali Aujali will no longer be its ambassador to Washington.
“We were informed by the government of Libya that they have withdrawn their recognition of their ambassador, Ambassador Aujali. He no longer represents Libya's interests in the United States,” Crowley said.
Aujali recently broke ranks with Moammar Gadhafi and called on him to go, throwing his weight behind a provisional government forming in Benghazi around the former Justice Minister. In interviews over the weekend Aujali sought international support for that upstart government.
The United States and Libya maintain diplomatic relations, and a new official has been appointed to take his place.
“We may deal -- still have conversations with Mr. Aujali, but it will be in a different capacity,” Crowley said.
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